Westminster's New CNRA Program Garners MD Anesthesiologist Support
Aug 04, 2006
by Mariah McAfee
One might assume that Westminster College's new CNRA program would have low support from MD Anesthesiologists, but instead they are one of the programs main proponents. According to Jean Dyer, Dean of the Westminster College of Nursing and CNRA program architect, MD anesthesiologists will act as mentors for Westminster's Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetists students.
"We have quite a few Physician Anesthesiologists who support the role of a CRNA in their areas," Dyer says. "They see the dramatic need, specifically in the rural and frontier areas, and support such a program because of that need."
Westminster's new program is the only one to offer a CNRA in the intermountain region. More than three hundred students have applied for the fifteen student slots available in the program that opens this Fall.
Additionally, Dyer says, hospitals are already seeking the first wave of CNRAs to graduate from this program in 2009.
"We have quiet a few rural hospitals asking to participate in the program and the larger hospitals that also service residents from various medical schools are those hospitals that we will be recruiting and trying to access as well," says Dyer.
For more information about Westminster's new CNRA program, you can listen to the entire Midday Metro interview at kcpw.org.